Yes, it’s been cool for the past week with the highs only in the 50’s. Some days are bright and sunny like today, others gloomy and rainy. It’s a mixed bag but we’ll take it. Last Friday we left our spot at Lost Dutchman SP and traveled just a few miles south to Queen Creek, parking on site at Club-Doggie for an agility trial weekend. We did a couple USDAA trials there last winter and loved the facility and people so we were happy to be back seeing friends! They did an all tournament weekend plus a couple standard classes. Razor played everything and did DAM team with a couple of his Hob Nob border collie kin. A wonderfully fun time was had by all. Tango also played but Jerry is only entering her in limited classes to reduce wear and tear on her senior body. They played PVP and biathlon. Rebel and Pippa were happy to hang out and chase after the frisbee from time to time. We all enjoyed running on nice thick green grass.
Monday morning we headed back to Lost Dutchman for the week. We’ve taken a few hikes, ran errands, ate lunch at In and Out Burger, but mostly just spend time relaxing.
Wednesday we joined the park birding group to learn a bit about the local avian population. The group leader “Babs” was a serious birder and was a wealth of information. The other two seasoned birders that were in our small group were also anxious to teach the newbies. The most cool bird (for me at least) was finally learning what the grackle colored, Cardinal looking bird was….a Phainopepla!
Thursday we loaded dogs, water, and snacks into the jeep and took off for some off road trails in the Tonto National Forest. Jerry and Tango enjoy these kind of roads more than the rest of us but the scenery was spectacular. Amazing to see so much wide open space….at one point I was sure Rebel was going to get car sick but we got out for a little walk, water, snacks and the all important chance to pee. After that all was right with the world.
After the off road adventures, Jerry did some outside RV detailing while I relaxed inside with the dogs. For dinner we grilled venison steak from a deer that lived in our MN backyard and had a great local produce salad. Thanks to our neighbor Larry for sharing the venison!
Saturday we lift our jacks and move south. 😎